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Definition 1: a mistake resulting from inattention - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for lapse in the sense of this definition

(lapse is a kind of ...) a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention

"he made a bad mistake" "she was quick to point out my errors" "I could understand his English in spite of his grammatical faults"

Definition 2: a failure to maintain a higher state - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for lapse in the sense of this definition

(lapse is a kind of ...) an act that fails

"his failure to pass the test"

(... is a kind of lapse ) habitual relapse into crime

Definition 3: a break or intermission in the occurrence of something - [noun denoting time]

Samples where lapse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a lapse of three weeks between letters

(lapse is a kind of ...) a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something

Definition 4: go back to bad behavior - [verb of body]

Samples where lapse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Those who recidivate are often minor criminals

Synonyms for lapse in the sense of this definition

(lapse is a kind of ...) go back to a previous state

"We reverted to the old rules"

Definition 5: drop to a lower level, as in one's morals or standards - [verb of change]

Synonyms for lapse in the sense of this definition

(lapse is a kind of ...) get worse

"My grades are slipping"

Definition 6: end, at least for a long time - [verb of change]

Samples where lapse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The correspondence lapsed

(lapse is a kind of ...) have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical

"the bronchioles terminate in a capillary bed" "Your rights stop where you infringe upon the rights of other" "My property ends by the bushes" "The symphony ends in a pianissimo"

Definition 7: pass by - [verb of motion]

Samples where lapse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • three years elapsed

Synonyms for lapse in the sense of this definition

(lapse is a kind of ...) move forward, also in the metaphorical sense

"Time marches on"

(... is a kind of lapse ) pass away rapidly

"Time flies like an arrow" "Time fleeing beneath him"

Definition 8: pass into a specified state or condition - [verb of motion]

Samples where lapse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He sank into nirvana

Synonyms for lapse in the sense of this definition

(lapse is a kind of ...) go or proceed from one point to another

"the debate moved from family values to the economy"

Definition 9: let slip - [verb of possession]

Samples where lapse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He lapsed his membership

(lapse is a kind of ...) lose (s.th.) or lose the right to (s.th.) by some error, offense, or crime

"you've forfeited your right to name your successor" "forfeited property"

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